"'Our federal practice is swamped,' says Gus Ardura, HDR Architecture's national director for federal practice. 'State, local, and private are down, but we've been able to shift a lot of our focus over to federal.' The Omaha-based firm was selected to be part of the new $500 million Department of Homeland Security headquarters project at St. Elizabeth's campus in Washington, D.C. Meanwhile, the firm is also using its existing indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contracts with agencies, such as the U.S. General Services Administration, to sweep up smaller renovation and energy-upgrade projects, according to Ardura."
The emphasis on "shovel-ready" has left some architects out, but others are finding some opportunities for work through the federal stimulus package.